You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Signs’ points the way to big B.O. in Europe

Shyamalan pic breaks records, 'XXX' hits Oz

Several U.S. summer hits finally crossed the pond over the weekend, reviving flagging ticket sales in key European markets.

M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” galvanized the U.K., ringing up an estimated $5.3 million in three days on 440 prints, excluding Thursday night sneaks. That blitzed “Pearl Harbor’s” lift-off by 35% and ranks as BVI’s second biggest live-action preem in the territory, just 5% short of the helmer-writer’s “The Sixth Sense.”

The Mel Gibson starrer mesmerized Mexico, harvesting roughly $2.8 million on approximately 500 copies, a BVI live-action record, outgunning “Pearl Harbor” by 22%, the distrib’s savvy international tracker said Sunday.

The suspenser bowed in top spot in Germany without reaching stratospheric heights, notching an estimated $3.2 million on 800 screens, 15% below “Sixth Sense.” That opening (which reps 45% of the top 10 titles’ receipts) is a commentary on a market where ticket sales were hammered throughout the summer by a combo of widespread flooding, stubbornly high unemployment, rising prices and the distraction of national elections.

Invading Italy, its final major territory, “Men in Black II” rustled up an estimated $2.8 million on 461 — 8% bigger than the original edition and on par with “The Mummy,” according to Columbia TriStar Intl. senior exec VP Mark Zucker. The sci-fi spoof’s cume zoomed to $230 million, including Spain’s lucrative $9.3 million through its third frame, and looks good for at least $245 million.

The Tom Hanks headliner “Road to Perdition” ruled in France, selling 2,750,000 tickets (about $1.46 million), and in South Korea, fetching a terrif $797,000 on 128, per Fox Intl.’s Sunday estimates.

“About a Boy” sired roughly $425,000 in two days on 35 screens in Japan’s nine key cities, which typically account for about 35% of the nationwide business. That figure is 52% of the opening of “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” UIP president Andrew Cripps said Sunday.

“Boy” mustered a solid $175,000 Friday-Saturday on 33 screens in Italy’s keys, some 65% of “Diary.”

Vin Diesel vehicle “XXX” revved up the Australian wickets, snaring $1.7 million on 300, 13% bigger than the recent debut of “Minority Report.” Actioner grabbed $250,000 on 100 in South Africa and $200,000 on 75 in Turkey (No. 1 in both) and retained pole position in its soph session in Brazil, taking $620,000 at the weekend (falling by a reasonable 37%) and $2 million thus far.

Beginning its offshore safari in its native Oz, “Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course” wrangled an OK $396,000 on 174, placing third behind “Insomnia,” which dropped by 37% after its top-ranked opening. “Insomnia” has grabbed an impressive $1.6 million in 11 days.

More Film

  • London Film Festival Director Clare Stewart

    London Film Festival Director Clare Stewart to Take Year-long Sabbatical

    Several U.S. summer hits finally crossed the pond over the weekend, reviving flagging ticket sales in key European markets. M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” galvanized the U.K., ringing up an estimated $5.3 million in three days on 440 prints, excluding Thursday night sneaks. That blitzed “Pearl Harbor’s” lift-off by 35% and ranks as BVI’s second biggest […]

  • Directors Zvyagintsev, Weerasethakul and Rosi Booked

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Gianfranco Rosi Booked for Qumra

    Several U.S. summer hits finally crossed the pond over the weekend, reviving flagging ticket sales in key European markets. M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” galvanized the U.K., ringing up an estimated $5.3 million in three days on 440 prints, excluding Thursday night sneaks. That blitzed “Pearl Harbor’s” lift-off by 35% and ranks as BVI’s second biggest […]

  • Berlinale's Panorama Looks at Body Politics

    Berlinale 2018: Panorama Section Focuses on ‘Body Politics’ and ‘Resistance to Machismo’

    Several U.S. summer hits finally crossed the pond over the weekend, reviving flagging ticket sales in key European markets. M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” galvanized the U.K., ringing up an estimated $5.3 million in three days on 440 prints, excluding Thursday night sneaks. That blitzed “Pearl Harbor’s” lift-off by 35% and ranks as BVI’s second biggest […]

  • ‘Guilty Men’ Sweeps Colombia's 6th Macondo

    ‘Guilty Men’ Sweeps Colombia's 6th Macondo Awards

    Several U.S. summer hits finally crossed the pond over the weekend, reviving flagging ticket sales in key European markets. M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” galvanized the U.K., ringing up an estimated $5.3 million in three days on 440 prints, excluding Thursday night sneaks. That blitzed “Pearl Harbor’s” lift-off by 35% and ranks as BVI’s second biggest […]

  • Madrid’s ECAM Pacts With Torino, Rotterdam

    ECAM Pacts with Torino, Rotterdam on First Incubator Projects

    Several U.S. summer hits finally crossed the pond over the weekend, reviving flagging ticket sales in key European markets. M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” galvanized the U.K., ringing up an estimated $5.3 million in three days on 440 prints, excluding Thursday night sneaks. That blitzed “Pearl Harbor’s” lift-off by 35% and ranks as BVI’s second biggest […]

  • Andrew DuncanMomentum Pictures with The Cinema

    'Florida Project' Producer Steps Down Amid Harassment Claims

    Several U.S. summer hits finally crossed the pond over the weekend, reviving flagging ticket sales in key European markets. M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” galvanized the U.K., ringing up an estimated $5.3 million in three days on 440 prints, excluding Thursday night sneaks. That blitzed “Pearl Harbor’s” lift-off by 35% and ranks as BVI’s second biggest […]

  • 'Antiporno' Review

    Film Review: 'Antiporno'

    Several U.S. summer hits finally crossed the pond over the weekend, reviving flagging ticket sales in key European markets. M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” galvanized the U.K., ringing up an estimated $5.3 million in three days on 440 prints, excluding Thursday night sneaks. That blitzed “Pearl Harbor’s” lift-off by 35% and ranks as BVI’s second biggest […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content